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Welcome To Hillsborough Medical Practice

Our aim is to keep all our patients up to date with what is happening in the practice! Please find some useful information below:

ROUTINE GP APPOINTMENTS

Due to the practice experience high levels of missed appointments we have change the way in which we release our routine GP appointments. Going forward routine appointments will be released at 2pm daily and will only be bookable 2 weeks ahead. We appreciate that this is a big change to the practice but would ask our patients to kindly understand that the practice cannot continue to have almost 200 missed GP appointments per month and for appointments to be fully booked 7 weeks in advance. We hope our new service will offer more flexibility and efficiency as routine appointments will be available to book daily.

ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

Hillsborough Medical Practice has a policy of zero tolerance of verbal and physical violence towards all out staff members. The Practice is committed to ensuring that our staff treat our patients with dignity and courtesy at all times. We expect our patients to treat staff in the same manner. Shouting and swearing at the practice staff will not be tolerated under at circumstances.

DISRUPTION TO SUPPLY OF RANITIDINE

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has sent an alert to all hospitals, GP practices and pharmacies in the UK informing that a number of manufacturers have recalled batches of ranitidine as a precautionary measure. All stock manufactured for the UK market that have been affected has been quarantined while investigations are ongoing. As a result, all oral formulations of ranitidine are expected to be out of stock, with no date for resupply until further notice.

We would ask affected patients to undergo a trial of stopping ranitidine and monitor for any change in gastro symptoms. Please contact our practice pharmacists, Alan or Emma if you would like to discuss this matter further by phoning reception on 02892 682216.

Appointments

Due to pressure on appointments, please not that each Doctors appointment is only 10 minutes long. If you have multiple issues to discuss, please arrange a double appointment or be prepared for the Doctor to suggest a follow up appointment. Many thanks for your co-operation.

NI DIRECT

Check out the A - Z illnesses and conditions/symptom checker provided by NI Direct Government Services. Click on the link below to find out more information about what they offer.

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/information-and-services/health-and-wellbeing/illnesses-and-conditions

New Practice Manager and Finance Manager 

We are delighted to introduce our new Practice Manager, Rachael and our new Finance Manager, Donna! Rachael has been with the practice for over 2 years and Donna has been with the practice for over 9 years. They are both very excited with  

Farewell Cathy (Practice Manager)

We are sad to see Cathy leave the practice after over 20 years! We wish you all the best with your retirement. Enjoy! 

Welcome Practice Nurse Jones

We are delighted to welcome Nurse Elaine Jones to our team. She is taking up the position of Practice Nurse in September 2019 so you may meet her for your asthma or diabetic reviews in the future! Nurse Jones will also be running smear clinics and baby vaccination clinics.

Telephone System

The launch of our new telephone system happened during May 2018 has went fantastically! We have received some lovely feedback from patients about this change. We are pleased that our aim to make our system more effective and efficient is working! Please remember to press option 1 when you are looking to order a repeat prescription, option 2 to book an appointment and option 3 for anything else. We look forward to developing our phone system even more in the future to help ease our patient journey throughout the practice.

Training Days 

Please visit our "Opening Time" tab to view the afternoons that the practice is closed for training. During this time you can contact LaganDoc on 02892 602204 while we are closed for training if you require medical attention or advice. 

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